What's New in Saratoga
Head on over to Denny's on Friday, May 22 to celebrate its recent remodeling! The newly-renovated and recently-reopened diner will feature a locally inspired design with a Saratoga Springs mural, updated chairs, tables and new modern accents. And that's not all Denny's will be featuring this Friday...

Saratoga Hospital recently launched Marylou Whitney and Dr. Desmond DelGiacco Intensive Care Unit with a $34 million expansion in hopes of improving patient care and promotion of good health.

Photo Credit: Saratoga Hospital
If you love the arts, you're in luck. Over 100 writers, directors, actors, singers, dancers and puppeteers, including some well-known names from Broadway theatre, film and TV, will be flocking to Saratoga Springs at the end of May to take part in the Orchard Project, which is coming to the area for the first time. The Orchard Project is a collaboration between individuals and is often referred to as an "incubator" for artists to create and develop new plays. And, a new component, Orchard Project Presents, allows the public to attend these in-development performances for the first time ever!

photo credit: Empty Stage via photopin (license)
Help get Irish 2000 Fest back on its feet after to the torrential downpour of 2014. The  organizers are hosting a fun fundraiser (fun-raiser, get it?) on June 6th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

International wines, great food, luxury cars and SPAC? Count me in! Make sure you get your tickets this Friday, May 15th for the three-day Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours D'Elegance taking place the weekend of September 11th through the 13th. 

Visiting Saratoga for the weekend and not sure where to stay? Take a look at The Westchester House Bed and Breakfast. I recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the owners, Stephanie Melvin, who provided me with the rich history of The Westchester House. From its beginnings nearly 130 years ago to Stephanie and her husband, Bob's, complete restoration project, the house is truly one of Saratoga's treasures.

In light of the full-scale casino being built in Schenectady, the Saratoga Casino & Raceway has created a solution to maintain competitiveness in the area. By next summer, gamblers will be able to stay overnight at a $34 million hotel on the grounds of the Saratoga Casino.

Going on eleven years, Capital Region Living Magazine has asked readers to give their input as to what businesses and events they feel are the Best in the Capital Region. And, for the third year in a row, the people have spoken... the Saratoga County Fair continues to be the perennial favorite, winning the best County Fair within the Magazine's broader Culture category.

Several famous Saratoga snacks and restaurants have made their way to the pages of "A Taste of Upstate New York" a book highlighting popular bites from all over the region by Chuck D'Imperio. 

Not only does D'Imperio write about the food itself, he also delves into the stories behind the recipes, as well as the people! If you've ever been to the Saratoga Farmers' Market, you may even recognize Teresa Alger, the mind behind Saratoga Crackers on the cover of the book! 

While the warm weather and sunshine has brought most Saratogians out of hibernation and into the bars and patios of downtown, there is another event that is sure to make Saratoga seem noticeably busier over the next few days.

It's Skidmore's "Senior Week." (Congratulations, Class of 2015!) For those unsure with the term, it's students' last week before graduation and they will most definitely be taking advantage of their last week in Saratoga Springs, I mean, who wouldn't? 

Whether you want to be where the action is or you would rather steer clear of the large crowds, we've rounded up where the hot spots and the more low-key bars will be this week!


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